Reviving “extinct” languages

An article in Namalata Thusi. The Queensland Government’s external publication on Indigenous issues, published by The Department of Communities. Namalata is a Queensland Aboriginal word meaning “messenger” and Thusi is a western Torres Strait Islander word meaning “paper” or “book”.

Queensland P-12 Australian Indigenous languages syllabuses

The Queensland Studies Authority is calling for schools to join the trial of the P-12 Australian Indigenous languages syllabuses. The QSA has developed Queensland’s first syllabuses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages for schools to start using from 2011. The syllabus has been developed so that students will be able to study the languages […]

Warrgamay Mayay Pronouns

A new text, Warrgamay Mayay Pronouns, has been developed. This book is the first in a series of Warrgamay texts which will include Country, Kinship, verbs, pronouns and a phrasebook.

Cairns film, in Girrimae Language, screens at Berlin festival

Aritcle by Daniel Bateman in The Cairns Post A CAIRNS filmmaker has the world in his lens, debuting a movie at the Berlin Film Festival. Reflecting on his achievement: Rima Tamou’s film First Contact will screen at the Berlin Film Festival next week. Picture: JAKE NOWAKOWSKI

New Language book published on the State Library website

The Bush Rounder, a Gunggari language story by Mrs Irene Ryder, has been added to the growing collection of virtual books published on the State Library of Queensland website. The book has beautiful illustrations by students of the Dunkeld School. The collection now includes bilingual books with text and audio in the Yugambeh, Gamilaraay, Gunggari, […]

State Library of Queensland – Digital Story Project

Queensland Stories is the State Library of Queensland’s project to collect and display Queensland digital stories; stories about your community, your house, a special person, your favourite place, or things you love to do. Queensland Stories is the State Library of Queensland’s project to collect and display Queensland digital stories; stories about your community, your […]

The Language Gap: The role of Indigenous languages in schools

An article for Queensland Teachers Union Professional Magazine, November 2008. By Denise Angelo & Baressa Frazer, Far North Queensland – Indigenous Schooling Support Unit. Language Teaching is all about communication and that is precisely what languages are for: Languages encode meanings, transmit cultures, express identities, recognise rights, confer justice and word history. In Queensland schools, […]

Flags

Question: Where can you get an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander flag for your school? Answer: From your Federal Member or Local Council. Local Federal Member provides flags (Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) to schools in their electorate Local councils give out Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to schools in Queensland. Thank you […]

Kuuku Thaayorre Dictionary

Tom Foote, Alan Hall.